Friday, December 18, 2009
7 Quick Takes Friday
1) It's going to SNOW here tomorrow!! Quick! Run out and stock up on milk and toilet paper!! I'm going to have to trust God as to the status of Sunday Mass this week. Our church is about 40 minutes away, up a series of hills, on a "summit". It already seems to have its own weather as it is--always colder than here in Gettysburg. So, if it's God's will that we make it to Mass (and the priest does too!) then we will be there!
2) I visited my mom and aunt in their nursing home yesterday. Afterwards, my sister and I went out to a local diner-like place near her house. They had a live band there, which we didn't expect. It made me realize how rare that is these days. Its nice to know that someone still gets together in the basement of a home and drives the neighbors crazy practicing with drums, piano, bass and guitar. The life of a musician is not an easy one!
3) I now have in my possession, 2 Christmas pillows. I've put one out on my couch. The second one however is small with some furry angora wool used for Santa's beard. This presents a problem. My dog, apparently, has taken to tearing apart pillows--something she hasn't done in years. I'm reluctant to bring out this Santa pillow because of this. I will probably wait until I hang up the stockings, Christmas eve to bring out the pillow in question. We'll see how it works. Hopefully, both pillow and dog will survive in tact.
4) I think I'm pretty much done with Christmas prep. I do have to bake my "monkey bread". This year, as last, I'm going to use the recipe posted by Pete, a former eagle scout who likes to use his cast iron "Dutch Oven", as I do. I'm thrilled to be able to use my cast iron for this (for us) traditional Christmas morning dish.
5) I'm loving my new bathroom floor. My dh did a very thorough job by ripping out the old floor, removing our toilet, putting down new tiles, and edging under the baseboard and tub. Oh, and putting back the toilet!
6) I have promised myself to walk the dog on a regular basis. This has only happened once so far. And now its going to snow. Promises are so hard to keep sometimes.
Star of Bethlehem. Proffessor Rick Larson does a scholarly presentation in various locations around the United States, outlining the science behind the Star of Bethlehem, the darkening of the sky at Jesus' crucifixion, and even the astronomy behind the "woman clothed with the sun, with the moon at her feet and 12 stars around her head" of Revelation. Quite interesting stuff! The website explains the science behind all these biblical phenomena. Christianity wasn't made up out of whole cloth, people!!